Chiropractic therapy is a popular choice following car accidents, slip and fall injuries, and many other jarring, impact events. These services are also effective for addressing musculoskeletal injuries resulting from repetitive movements, heavy lifting, weight gain, and many other common practices and events. Chiropractors are trained to restore balance to the spine and all other aspects of the musculoskeletal system. When visiting a chiropractic center, you’ll have access to a vast range of therapeutic services including:
- Therapeutic massage
- Computer-assisted and manual adjustments of the spine
- Needs-specific stretches and exercises
Chiropractic centers are known for taking an individualized approach to wellness. As such, the services that you receive in these environments will be customized to suit your current injuries, your medical history, your comfort level, and your overall goals among other things. Efforts such as manual and computer-assisted adjustments are designed to improve the health, alignment, and all-around functioning of the spine. In turn, they promote faster rates of recovery for those suffering from whiplash, sciatic nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, tension headaches, and general joint dysfunction.
Given its ability to improve nerve-to-brain communication, chiropractic care can even have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, mood imbalance, and insomnia. When paired with strategies like proper diet, needs-specific exercise, and good nutrition, this care offers a natural way to resolve a vast range of physical injuries and health issues. Following are some of the many ways in which chiropractic centers work to promote healing.
Assessing And Improving The Health And Alignment Of Your Spine
According to the chiropractic method, much of human health is largely determined by the state and alignment of the spine. After all, the spine functions as both the body’s central supporting structure and an important communication highway whereby critical messages are transmitted between the brain and the body’s nerves. When spinal alignment is compromised due to poor life habits, strenuous activities, and jarring impacts, these communications become disrupted. This can lead to chemical imbalances, decreases in immune functioning, fatigue, and many other problems.
Often referred to as spinal subluxations, misaligned areas of the spine can have a domino effect on a person’s overall well-being. This is due in large part to the fact that the surrounding ligaments, muscles, and other structures have to work harder in order to compensate for misalignment. The result is often tense, sore, and tired muscles, joint dysfunction, recurring headaches, jaw pain, and diminished mobility. For these and other reasons, chiropractors always start their care by performing a thorough assessment of the spine and of patients’ health histories.
They then establish needs-specific and integrated plans for restoring spinal alignment so that all related symptoms can abate. Through targeted adjustments of the spine and various hands-on therapies to alleviate surrounding stress, these treatments can reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, and set the stage for expedited healing. Best of all, when using chiropractic services to address illness or injury, people have the ability to limit their reliance on potentially addicting pain management drugs. Chiropractors are known for offering nature-based remedies that don’t entail painful side effects and can be seamlessly paired with other alternative or conventional treatments.
Chiropractic care often takes a whole-health approach to restoring wellness. Thus, in addition to addressing misaligned areas of the spine, a chiropractic doctor will also recommend a series of important lifestyle changes. For instance, excess body weight can place a tremendous amount of stress on both the spine and the surrounding systems and structures. If you’ve recently gained any significant amount of weight, you may be experiencing increased discomfort in your lower back, your hips, and your feet. Strategies for reducing your body weight and achieving a more balanced physique will limit excess stress, and improve the way in which your body both feels and moves. You chiropractor can additionally identify and address nutritional deficiencies, movements that are exacerbating existing musculoskeletal injuries, and work practices that are causing undue pain.
Postural correction or efforts to improve how you hold and move your body can provide rapid and remarkable improvements across various areas. Ultrasound therapy and inversion therapy can create immediate improvements in local swelling, spinal tension, and back and neck pain. Recommendations for ergonomic work equipment, stress management techniques, and targeted stretching and strength-building exercises can promote long-term improvements in your mobility, flexibility, balance, and general sense of well-being. Are you ready to get started? Call us now to learn more about our healing therapies at 205-637-1363.